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Arabic Media

August 15, 2023

Source: Al Jazeera (Leading Arabic News Channel, headquartered in Qatar)
Headline: Six African Nations Pledge to Send Troops to Darfur 

After 6 African nations pledged up to 12,000 troops for Darfur Hybrid force, AU Commission leader Alfa Omar Conary said:

  • Other African nations pledged more troops, making it unnecessary for non-African troops
  • Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Malawi, and Senegal will send troops
  • Tanzania, Cameroon, and Uganda pledged to participate but no troop number given yet

UN Security Council authorized the deployment of 26,000 hybrid force in Darfur to stop the fighting between Sudanese government and rebel groups who are mostly of non-Arab origins.  The nationality of troops was a problem for the Sudanese government which wants mostly African troops, but Senegalese president said:

  • He will send 1,600 troops, however, he added:
  • It is unclear if African countries can raise 20,000 troops that quickly
  • Darfur citizens do not want specific countries especially those that endorsed government’s crimes
  • Sudan Liberation Movement – Abdul Wahid Nour faction refuses to negotiation before a no-fly zone over Darfur is enforced and the creation of oil-for-food program
  • Nour’s spokesperson said his movement wants European troops to be part of the hybrid force

Source: Asharq Al Awsat (Saudi-owned Pan-Arab daily with wide circulation)
Headline: African Union Peace and Security Council Discusses Recent Darfur Developments
By: Afrah Mohamed and Mustapha Sirri

African Union Envoy to Sudan presented a report on Arusha meeting during a session of African Union Peace and Security Council on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.  He said:

  • Arusha meeting was a success
  • But some difficulties still remain:
  • Peace and stability in the region
  • Securing enough African troops
  • Providing necessities to refugees
  • Refugee return
  • Individual compensations for Darfur victims
  • Power and wealth sharing

Meanwhile, Sudanese envoy to African Union said his country wants to start negotiating with rebel groups as soon as possible. And Sudanese UN envoy indicated that African countries have already pledged 12,000 troops to the hybrid force

Read the above in Arabic.


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